hope

Hope

DAILY PROMPT

Write about anything you’d like. Somewhere in your post, include the sentence, “I heard the car door slam, and immediately looked at the clock.”

HOPE

© 2012 Diana Rasmussen
(PSALM 62/Matt 12/Romans 4)

My soul waits silently for God,
My expectation is from Him.
I pour my heart out before Him,
He is a refuge for me.

His name is the Hope of all the world.
I will trust Him at all times.
He is my rock and my salvation,
I shall not be moved.

Even when there is no reason for hope,
I will keep on believing,
God is more than able,
To do what He says.

I woke up with this song in my head this morning. And the verse “God’s mercies are new every morning”…hmmm.

Sometimes I think I limit God by what my expectations are. I have lived in the chaos (the desert) for so long, that is what I got accustomed to.  It was familiar.  And even though I didn’t like it, I knew what to expect – nothing. When you expect nothing, you get nothing.  Nothing changes, everything stays the same.  Predictable. Boring. Not healthy. Staying in the desert with my victim mentality meant that it was always someone else’s fault. I could blame others for their bad choices while I failed to make any new ones for myself.  I did not take responsibility for my own life – I was too busy telling everyone else what to do.  Then I didn’t have to do anything.  I didn’t have to change, or make a new choice. I learned this was ‘criminal thinking’ at its best.  And I was robbing myself of a better future.

There are times when you are at the edge of a new season, and you admit to yourself that you can’t go back. But you are hesitant to go forward. Almost like time has stopped. And then

I heard the car door slam, and immediately looked at the clock.

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I am still here.  Time has not stopped. I survived.  My life will go on. I don’t need all the answers to take the next step forward. It will be ok.  Today is the day to say “Yes” to God.  I choose to be healed.  I will be made whole. God promised to help me, so I am going to let Him.

In the valley of decision, I admit that my hope is not based on my ability, nor the things others do or don’t do. My hope is not based on my failures.  My hope is not based on my past abuse.  I am no longer a victim. I can make a new choice.  I will get up.  My hope today is anchored in what the Word says

GOD’S PROMISE TO YOU:

hope

” My soul, wait only upon God and silently submit to Him; for my hope and expectation are from Him.  He only is my Rock and my Salvation; He is my Defense and my Fortress, I shall not be moved”.  (Psalm 62:5-6)

It is because of the Lord’s mercy and loving-kindness that we are not consumed, because His [tender] compassions fail not.

They are new every morning; great and abundant is Your stability and faithfulness.

The Lord is my portion or share, says my living being (my inner self); therefore will I hope in Him and wait expectantly for Him. (Lamentations 3:22-24 AMP)

To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:27 NIV)

MY PRAYER FOR YOU:

Dear Lord,

Thank you for slamming the car door and waking us up.  Thank you for shaking what can be shaken to see what remains in our lives.  We admit, we have tried to live without You, and it hasn’t worked.  You are our Hope, show us a new way Lord. We choose to trust in You. Refresh our souls. Renew our minds.  Restore our lives, in Jesus’ Name.

MORE POSTS ON HOPE:

http://unshakablehope.wordpress.com/2013/02/13/more-than-just-a-dream/

http://anewcreationtoo.wordpress.com/2013/01/17/one-thing-remains-his-love/

http://hopethehappyhugger.wordpress.com/2013/02/12/why/

http://hope4usnow.wordpress.com/2013/01/29/hopes-not-hurts/

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Diana Rasmussen

Tried by fire - pounded down by pain - yet she refuses to give up. Like a Phoenix she rises from the ashes of her past to fly on the wind like an Eagle. Diana Rasmussen is a Singer/Songwriter, Blogger, Author and Worship Leader based in southern WI. She has won many awards for her music at Broadjam, Inc. in the folk, country, pop, and jazz genres. Her music has also been on Women of Substance Radio. Diana plays every Sunday as she leads the Worship Team every week at Janesville Apostolic Ministries in Janesville, WI. Her blog, Prayers and Promises, focuses on rebuilding lives - one hope at a time. Diana's book, SNOW WHITE DARKNESS, (available on Amazon and Kindle) shares her journey out of Domestic Violence and Abuse.

8 thoughts on “Hope”

  1. Thank you for posting your YouTube video :) I didn’t even realize that I needed some hope today until I read your blog. I physically wasn’t feeling that great and of course that didn’t help but am struggling with not taking care of my health as I should. Had great intentions and was feeling great until I tried to do something about it. Hah! It was like this. God put his finger on some bad habits I need to address and I am in full agreement with Him but when I try to make the changes they just get worse :( Then after a day of feeling like garbage, I was watching your video and toward the end there is a picture that says “not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit” says the Lord. My eyes opened and I was lifted up a bit. Thank you. Wish I had read it earlier in the day. Oh well :) Thanks again!

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    1. Thanks Ann. I too struggle with some bad habits. It seems the more I try to do better, the more I fail. I know that I have these areas of weakness, and I am believing God for an abundance of grace – grace upon grace, to overcome. I know He loves me, “warts” and all. He knows our hearts, even if our outsides are still a
      “work-in-progress”. Don’t beat yourself up girl, we all have stuff. Love you beautiful…

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